Are you running your business still on Backend SQL Server 2000 or SQL Server 2005 Databases? Well, let me tell you this. Go ahead and Upgrade to SQL Server 2008R2 now, at least give it a consideration right now. Plan for it, work with your architects and DBA’s for options you’ve.
Beware, Microsoft has announced End of Extended Support(April 2013) as well for SQL 2000. In other words you’ve to run your business on Unsupported SQL Server Version with Self-help Online Support only!!!!
If you are running on SQL 2005 and unaware of support policy, SQL 2005 is already running on Extended Support as of now. Mainstream support has already been ended on April 2011.
For more information and for understanding the options you’ve in place if your shop is still running on Older Versions of SQL Server, please refer to